Jada Pinkett Smith

Jada Pinkett Smith


9/18/1971, Baltimore, Maryland

Birth Name

Jada Koren Pinkett



Also Known As

Jada Koren Pinkett, Jada Pinkett-Smith
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Jada Pinkett was born on September 18, 1971 in Baltimore, Maryland. Her mother's name was Adrienne Banfield and her father's name is Robson Pinkett Jr. Her father was a contractor and her mother was a nurse. They divorced after a few months of marriage. She majored in dance…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In May 2008 Jada Pinkett Smith made her directorial debut at the 61th Cannes Film Festival with the film The Human Contract. The North American Premiere was at the Chicago International Film Festival 2008.

    • Jada ranked number 37 in AIM.com's list of 50 Hot Moms of Hollywood in 2009. She ranked place twelve in TV One Access' list of the 16 sexiest black women alive in 2008.

    • Jada Pinkett Smith is the lucky recipient of the power award in the Essence's Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon and Awards held in Beverly Hills Hotel. She is ranking place seven in the magazine's Black Hollywood 2008 Power List. The top selling black women's magazine has also chosen her to one of the most inspiring twenty five black women of the world.

    • Will and Jada Smith established the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation to fund charitable organizations in Baltimore, Philadelphia, and other cities. The foundation will focus on youth educational projects and urban, inner-city, family welfare.

    • In USA Today readers voting for America's Favorite Celebrity Mom 2008, Jada Pinkett Smith came third tied with Julia Roberts.

    • Jada Pinkett Smith is only five feet (1.52m) tall. Despite this she is known for her high-energy charm.

    • Jada gives voice to Gloria, the Hippo, in the DreamWorks animation film Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa , the sequel to the international success of the first film.

    • Jada and husband Will have joined personal and beauty care items company Carol's Daughter as celebrity investors. Jada is also the new face of the brand's campaign for summer 2008.

    • Jada Pinkett Smith and her husband Will Smith are the founders of New Village Academy in Calabasas, California.

    • In the movie The Human Contract Jada Pinkett Smiths makes her directorial debut. She also wrote the script, in which she plays the role of half-sister of a successful businessman who gives up his stuffy lifestyle.

    • Jada Pinkett Smith has been nominated for Black Reel Awards and Image Awards in the category best supporting actress for her role in Collateral in 2005.

    • Jada appeared in Nelson Mandela's 90th Birthday Concert in Hyde Park, London together with her husband Will Smith.

    • While starring on A Different World, Jada appeared in a public service announcement about alcohol abuse for NBC's The More You Know campaign.

    • Jada donated a million dollars to the high school that she attended, the Baltimore School of Arts. She asked that the new theater that is being added be named for her former classmate and best friend, Tupac Shakur. The two met while attending school there. The Smiths previously donated $120,000 to her alma Matter as well.

    • Jada took the lead role of Niobe over in The Matrix Reloaded, and The Matrix Revolutions after the tragic death of Aaliyah.

    • Jada wrote a story for one issue of the comic book Minau, published by Awes the Entertainment.

    • Jada appears in a Public Service Announcement for the 'Baby Cal' campaign. An announcement that shows the correct way to properly install and buckle in your children in their carseats.

    • Jada appeared in her husband Will's music video with her step son Trey in the hit song 'Just The Two Of Us', and in the Tupac video for 'Temptations'.

    • Jada and Will homeschool their children, feeling that they absorb more than they would from their one on one attention, than in a classroom atmosphere.

    • Jada's California house was threatened by a brush fire in October 2005, forcing the family to temporarirly evacuate. Thankfully, the fire was extinguished an no damage was done.

    • Jada took tap, ballet, and piano lessons as a child, then went on to study choreograpy and modern dance in college as well.

    • Jada and her band 'Wicked Wisdom' went on tour with the hard rocking festival Ozzfest in the summer of 2005. They played as part of the second stage lineup.

    • Jada is the lead singer of the Alternative metal band called 'Wicked Wisdom'. The self-titled debut album was released on February 21, 2006.

    • Jada sent director Wes Craven a set of steak knives in 1997, after she appeared in Scream 2.

    • Jada is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated.

    • Jada and her husband Will opened a Planet Hollywood restaurant in her hometown, Baltimore Maryland in March of 1998.

    • Jada started dating Will Smith in 1995, and they married on December 31, 1997 in Santa Barabara, California. They share two children, a son named Jaden Christopher Smith and a daughter, Willow Camille Reign Smith. Jada is also stepmother to Will's son, Willard Trey, from his first marriage.

    • Jada was voted 'One of the Sexiest Women of the Year' by Black Men magazine in the year 2000.

    • Jada lost her best friend Tupac Shakur in 1998, just five days before filming started on her role in Woo.

    • Jada became widely recognized in her second big screen appearance playing Eddie Murphy's love interest in the 1996 comedy, The Nutty Professor.

    • Jada created a catalog clothing line that specializes in women's T-shirts and dresses, calling it Maja.

    • Jada made her big-screen debut in 1993, in the John Singleton hit Menace II Society, playing a single mother trying to make it out of the 'hood.

    • Jada made her television debut in The Cosby Show spin-off that featured the college years of Lisa Bonet's character, Denise, A Different World. Jada played a freshman settling in at Hillman College.

    • Jada and Tupac became the best of friends, and Tupac mentions their relationship in his documentary Tupac: Resurrection, claiming that she 'is my heart and will be my friend for my whole life'. Jada appears in his documentary and responds by calling him 'one of my best friends, like a brother'.

    • Jada attended college at the Baltimore School for the Arts, where she majored in theatre. It was here that she first met fellow classmate Tupac Shakur.

    • She auditioned for the part of Will Smith's girlfriend on his show Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

    • Jada Pinkett joined the long list of celebrities lampooned by South Park. It happened in South Park episode 77 entitled "Here Comes the Neighborhood."

  • Quotes

    • Jada Pinkett Smith: I'm voting for Michelle. I'm always telling people I'm voting for Michelle to get into the White House and Obama is just going to follow her lead. She is smart and committed, and I just love her.

    • Jada: (Being asked if she could be reincarnated as an animal) And I think if I came back as an animal I'd love to be a black panther.

    • Jada Pinkett Smith: I will throw my career away before I let it break up our marriage. I made it clear to Will. I'd throw it away completely.

    • JPS: When we met, I never thought in a million years that Will Smith and I would be together.

    • Jada Pinkett Smith: Will is a very interesting, unique man, and I'll tell you why. He makes love like a woman. He loves to touch, massage and feel. He makes love like he's in touch with himself, who he is. And he's a very sensual, incredible lovemaker.

    • JPS: I'm extremely ambitious. I don't know why people are afraid to say that. I won't sell my soul to the devil, but I do want success and I don't think that's bad.

    • Jada: (on allowing her husband to admire other women) I think it kind of enhances the appreciation he has for me. I am the chosen one.

    • Jada Pinkett Smith: I feel a real responsibility to my community and so right now there has been this bizarre myth in our community how our vote doesn't count. I'm trying to get out there and re-educate on how the government works and break that myth and talk about the importance of being involved. I'm very passionate about getting people to vote.

    • JPS: Women, you can have it all - a loving man, devoted husband, loving children, a fabulous career.

    • Jada: I can't even express to you the place that I go when I'm onstage singing. It is unlike anything I've ever experienced before. It's such a freedom. It's a place that is purifying and cleansing; it's trouble-free and soul-filled.

    • Jada: Ten years of marriage and I still get felt up - I like that!